August 22, 2014 Subject:
The genre of Mack and Myer for Hire is a slapstick comedy similar to The Three Stooges or Abbott and Costello. It’s about two handymen who live together in an office space in Manhattan and make a living working odd jobs. The comedic routines revolve around common mundane issues, such as building a fence or a finding a lost wallet. Unfortunately, they are a disaster at everything they do so their plans typically backfire.
There were many sitcoms that took place in the sixties such as The Pink Panther and The Nutty Professor, but Mack and Myer for Hire stood out is because of its popularity with the children. Due to its innocent nature, verbal buffoonery and astute comedy, the sitcom was perfect for families and younger viewers. Since episodes are approximately twelve minutes in length, they were featured in part of larger shows, including kiddie shows hosted by clowns. Considering that the post World War II baby boom occurred from 1946 and 1964, there was a large audience of young viewers and television industries had taken noticed.
The sitcom was written and created by Mickey Deems, who also starred as Mack on the show along with Joey Faye as Myer. Ted Devlet was the director and Sandy Howard was the executive producer. The show was filmed at Hempstead Film Studios in New York with Trans-Lux Television production company. The show ran from 1963-1964 with reruns continuing well into the 1970’s due to its popularity with the kids.
March 5, 2013 Subject:
Guilty pleasure from childhood
"The Casey Jones Show", the local noontime children's TV program in St. Paul MN used to show Mack and Myer in the 60's and early 70's.
I think we knew they were kinda cheap back then but they fit in with the local TV production level so they weren't too much out of place.
They are like a cross between Abbot & Costello and Laurel and Hardy and Two Stooges. Obviously they are aware of that previous body of work and seek to emulate it. They did 121 of these? That's amazing!
Still moderately amusing since i recall nothing of them but that motorcycle sidecar in the ending credits.